Altrincham Interchange

Manchester

Altrincham Interchange started life in 1881. By 2012, the Victorian building was no longer meeting the transport needs of 21st century life so a £19m fully integrated transport hub was planned to improve links between bus, train and Metrolink services. The new building was designed as a modern twist on the Victorian building and features huge expanses of glass to create a light, airy and sleek appearance.

Float Glass Industries’ expertise helps realise vision for Altrincham Interchange

Altrincham Interchange started life in 1881. By 2012, the Victorian building was no longer meeting the transport needs of 21st century life so a £19m fully integrated transport hub was planned to improve links between bus, train and Metrolink services. The new building was designed as a modern twist on the Victorian building and features huge expanses of glass to create a light, airy and sleek appearance.

The project specifications were very precise – the building needed to achieve superior sound insulation and comfort as well as meet exacting thermal efficiency requirements. The complex requirements of the project meant that only glazing experts with the necessary product kite mark accreditations would have the essential credentials to be able to tender for it.

The tendering process began in June 2012 and in 2014 the project’s main contractor, Laing O’Rourke, appointed leading fabricator and installer S.G. Aluminium Ltd to supply the glazing elements. S.G. Aluminium had turned to their longstanding glazing partner and the UK’s largest independent glass company, Float Glass Industries, to supply the glass and the necessary technical support. Paul Newcombe, FGI’s Commercial Contracts Director, said, “We have worked with S.G. Aluminium on numerous projects. Their team has confidence in us and they know we have everything in place to be able to provide a quality product that meets the performance requirements of any project specification.”

FGI provided a wide range of glass and other products to the project including 1000m2 of Everseal Vision Units and Everclad spandrel panels in various sizes using Saint Gobain Planitherm UltraN Low E glass, various thicknesses of laminate plus barrier loadings for operational safety. Before being specified, FGI’s technical advisory team had worked closely with S.G. Aluminium to ensure that each element would individually and collectively meet the project’s technical requirements.

FGI’s involvement in the construction ran from May 2014 until June 2015 and the team’s experience was essential in ensuring that all dates were achieved. Paul Newcombe says, “Meeting key project supply dates and on site construction dates is critical to every project, and this is especially true on large scale, complex projects such as this one. Our experience working on other high profile projects means we had the knowledge and capacity to ensure that all dates were successfully met.”

Altrincham Interchange is now operational and Paul is delighted to have been involved in the project. “We have worked on lots of high profile, complex glazing projects because we continually invest in our infrastructure and have an experienced and longstanding technical advisory team to ensure we have everything in place to become involved in technically demanding projects. What made this one particularly special is that it is local and we can take pride in knowing that our work has helped make travel easier and more pleasant for our local community.”

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“We have worked on lots of high profile, complex glazing projects because we continually invest in our infrastructure and have an experienced and longstanding technical advisory team to ensure we have everything in place to become involved in technically demanding projects. What made this one particularly special is that it is local and we can take pride in knowing that our work has helped make travel easier and more pleasant for our local community.”